Two days back,an ITBP constable had got a DDR (daily diary report) recorded with the Chandigarh Police alleging that a suitcase belonging to him had gone missing from Sector 17 bus stand. The suitcase was recovered from a dustbin in Sector 20 on Friday.
Significantly,the suitcase contained a carbine and an official pistol,a fact not reported in the DDR by the constable.The police rushed to the spot in the afternoon after the police control room was informed that a suitcase,containing a pistol,was found in a dustbin. Davindra,the ITBP constable,along with his colleague were to board a bus from Chandigarh. The two had come from Mussoorie after attending a commando course. The two were to report in Ladakh.
After the two failed to catch the bus,they were picked up by a common friend from Chandigarh in his private vehicle. As per the DDR,Davindra forgot to carry his suitcase and discovered about it after they had left the bus stand. When he returned,he found the suitcase missing. The constable got a DDR recorded at the bus chowki stating that his suitcase had gone missing.
As per available information,the DDR does not mention as to whether the suitcase contained official weapons. All it says is that the suitcase contained important documents.
Sources said that the Chandigarh Police would be writing to the senior ITBP authorities to take appropriate action against the constable for not disclosing vital information about the suitcase containing weapons.
A special report has been sought from the police and if it is found that the constable did not tell the Chandigarh Police about the weapons,the officers concerned of the paramilitary force will be requested to take strict action against the constable, said a senior officer of Chandigarh Police,requesting anonymity.
He added,It was the responsibility of the constable to disclose information about weapons. We would have deployed police force to locate the weapon had we been told about it. Had the weapon got into the hands of anti-social elements or terrorists,it would have been a very difficult and embarrassing situation.
The officer said a theft case would have been immediately registered if the constable had told about the carbine and pistol.